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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast June 26, 2023


You may request a copy of the 4-H Handbook from your club leader, Extension Office, search Purdue Extension Martin County 4-H Handbook 2023 on the internet or use the provided link to access on the website.



Are you new to 4-H or a seasoned 4-Her? Either way, reviewing the score cards for projects can help youth decide on how to best set up project exhibits and understand how judging is completed.  PROJECT SCORECARDS can be located at:  It is a great way to work to prepare your exhibit!



The State Tractor Contest is Wednesday, August 9th at The Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Indiana. Only Area qualifiers may proceed to compete at State Contest. 



Area 3 Tractor Driving Competition was held in Knox County on June 24th. Martin County had five participants in the contest. Russell Mauder and Jase Dages will be advancing to compete at the state competition in the Lawn and Garden category, and Jax VanMeter will be participating in the Zero-Turn category. Also participating in Area was Eli Ausbrooks and Mason Mathies. 


Pictured from left to right holding their awards are Jase Dages, Jax VanMeter, Mason Mathies, Russell Mauder, Eli Ausbrooks

We are so proud of all of these 4-Hers. 

VOLUNTEER opportunities

Have you ever thought about a talent you have or a talent you want to develop alongside youth in the 4-H Program? 

Purdue Extension & Martin County 4-H is seeking adults to work to MAKE THE BEST BETTER through 4-H programs. Contact Dena to explore how to work together in this way.  No matter how much time you have, volunteering with 4-H makes a difference by helping youth explore and discover the skills they need to lead for a lifetime. There are lots of ways to get involved! Currently, 4-H Club Leaders are needed for All Terrain Vehicle Program, Shooting Sports and STEM/Robotics. Various content specialist and general volunteers are also needed. Looking to help with the 4-H Fair and have some ideas?  Join one of the committees. Wonder how we can continue to bring fun and learning to youth through 4-H all year long? Do you have ideas?  NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO GET INVOLVED!

Parents, family and adult friends of 4-H members are often a natural fit to help with programming and is one way to spending quality time with the youth in your lives!


One way to earn admission into Purdue University is through Fast Start. Indiana Students can take the Modern States online courses for free.  Those who pass a minimum of five corresponding College Board CLEP exams and meet Purdue’s standard admission requirements are assured admission to Purdue and designated Klinsky Scholars. CLEP testing centers are now open along with online options. The Purdue Extension Martin County Office staff are available to help local students access this opportunity! 


2023 INDIANA STATE FAIR – JULY 28 – AUGUST 20, 2023 Closed Monday & Tuesdays


You are invited!!!


WHEN:  Friday, July 7, 2023 During the Martin County Queen Contest

TIME:  Please be at the Martin County Fairgrounds FREE Stage ready to model at 6:15 pm.

As a Mini Sewing 4-Her, we want to recognize you at the Martin County Queen Contest!!  We encourage you to wear a 4-H t-shirt when modeling.  When you are in grades 3-12, you can add Fashion Revue as a project and model your garment you constructed.  Also participating in the Fashion Revue in grades 3-12 will give you more points on your yearly point sheet. 

CONTACT:  Martin County Extension Office:  812-295-2412 for the needed forms which can be returned on Thursday, June 29 during project check-in OR contact Elizabeth White, Fashion Revue Superintendent 812-709-1368


MARTIN COUNTY 4-H FAIR 2023 Schedule of ALL Activities

*More activities to be added/subject to change* updated 6-23-2023 

Saturday, July 1

                                                All livestock purebred animal registration papers due

Quality Assurance training certificates for cattle, swine, sheep, goat, rabbit & poultry exhibitors are due

Health forms for felines & poultry are due


Wednesday, July 5

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    4-H floriculture, 4-H foods & 4-H garden projects exhibit check in 

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    All Open Class Exhibits Check-In


Thursday, July 6

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    4-H Livestock Check-In


Friday, July 7

3:00 pm                                    4-H Cat Show in The Emergency Management Building

5:00 pm                                    Community Building and Vendors Open

5:00 pm                                    Silent Auction

5:00 pm                                    Woods on Wheels

6:00-9:00 pm                            Carnival Games & Inflatables

6:30 pm                                    Queen Contest, 4-H Fashion Revue & Mini Sewing Modeling


Saturday, July 8

8:00 am                                    Community Building Opens

8:00 am                                    Silent Auction

8:00-1:00 pm                            Pop Up Market

8:00 am-1:00 pm                      Zephyr Van Moor at The Pop-Up Market

9:00 am                                    4-H Beef & Dairy Show

1:00-6:00 pm                            Cruze in Car Show

1:00 pm                                    4-H Rabbit Show

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm                   4-H Horse & Pony Check-In Option 1

5:00 pm                                    Woods on Wheels

5:30 pm                                    4-H Poultry Show

6:00-8:00 pm                            Carnival Games & Inflatables

6:30 pm                                   No Fences Garth Brooks Tribute


Sunday, July 9

10:00 am – 11:00 am                4-H Horse & Pony Check-In Option 2

1:00 pm                                  4-H Horse & Pony Show  

1:00 pm                                    Community Building Opens

1:00 pm                                    Silent Auction

2:00 pm                                   Farm Bureau Games

3:00 pm                                   Corn Hole Tournament

4:00 pm                                    Kiddie Tractor Pull

6:00 pm                                    4-H Goat & Sheep Show

6:00 pm                                   Baby Show

6:00 pm                                    Gospel Sing

6:00-7:00 pm                            Ice Cream Making Contest

6:00-8:00 pm                            Carnival Games & Inflatables


Monday, July 10

5:00pm                                    Community Building Opens

5:00 pm                                    Silent Auction

5:00 pm                                    Oreo stacking and watermelon seed contest by Martin County 4-H Jr. Leaders

5:30 pm                                    Face Painting

5:30 pm                                    Pie Baking Contest

5:30 pm                                    Lego with Shoals Robotix

5:30 pm                                    Story Time with Loogootee Library

6:00 pm                                    Animal Tales

6:00pm                                    4-H Swine Show

7:00-9:00 pm                            Rodeo


Tuesday, July 11

5:00 pm                                    Community Building Opens 

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm                    4-H Projects released & 4-H gratitude station Opens

5:30 pm                                    4-H Supreme Showmanship

7:00 pm                                    4-H Ten year and Last Year Member Recognition

7:00 pm – 7:45 pm                    4-H Projects released & 4-H gratitude station Opens

7:00 pm                                   Silent Auction is Released

7:00 pm                                    Project Release

7:15 pm                                    4-H Livestock Auction in the Livestock Arena


Wednesday, July 12

6:30 pm                                    Clean up *All 4-H members & 4-H volunteers/leaders*


Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21

8:00 am – 3:00 pm                    Static projects (except foods & garden) for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412. Floriculture members are encouraged to consider individually scheduling. 


Monday, July 31

8:15 am to 9:30 am                   Foods & garden projects for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412.





Books are now live at the following address:


4-H began over 100 years ago and has since grown into the largest youth development program in the nation. 4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their community and around the world through hands-on experiences alongside their peers and caring adults. Backed by a network of more than 6 million youth, 540,000 adult volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni, 4-H delivers research-based programming around positive youth development. 4-H is delivered through America’s 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension Service, reaching every corner of our nation.


In Indiana, 4-H can be found in all 92 counties delivered through Purdue Extension. Community clubs, afterschool programs, school enrichment, camps/workshops, and special interest programs are all ways youth across Indiana can be involved with the 4-H program. The impact of 4-H for life skill development providing college & career pathways is proven.  Volunteer leadership in 4-H provides a part of the critical competencies required for 4-H programming. Thank you to all volunteers! 


We invite all youth, kindergarten to twelfth grade, to join 4-H! The program provides opportunity for all!



Help the local food banks at the 4-H Fair, July 7-11. For every 5 pounds of non-perishable food items, one state fair ticket will be given ($14 per ticket value). The tickets are limited, but the need for food is not. Please come out and support the food banks. Cash donations for Fairs Cares Program will also be accepted.


pie baking contest

Participate in this year’s pie baking contest at the Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds on July 10th.  Bring 2 covered pies to the Community Building on Monday July 10th between 3 – 5 pm.  One pie will be judged and the other pie will be auctioned off or sold by the slice.  Pie judging will start at 5:10pm.  A silent auction of the pies will last until 6:00pm.  Auction winners will be announced at 6:10pm.  All proceeds go to the Martin County 4-H Council.  A registration form can be picked up at the Extension office Monday – Friday 8 to 4 pm and must be completed and returned by July 7th.  Entry fee is $5.00 per pie.  Pies will be judged on crust texture, crust flavor, taste of filling and appearance.  




WHERE:  Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center, Dubois, IN

WHEN:  Friday, September 29, 2023 – Beef Focused Program

               Saturday, September 30, 2023 – Sheep & Goat Focused Program


From Ryegate,  MT. Curt Pate uses his personal experience incorporating effective stockmanship principles, supports a “for profit” mindset and focuses on highlighting the increased economic benefits of handling stock correctly.  In addition,  Curt recognizes the growing public scrutiny surrounding livestock production and the impact that improved livestock handling practices create for the sustainability of the cattle industry.



WHEN:  July 27, 2023   

WHERE:  Purdue Student Farm, (

1491 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette, IN  47906

REGISTRATION:  Open Now at: &

TIME:  Registration 8:00 to 9:00 am EST

DEMONSTRATIONS: 9:00 – 12:00 noon EST

Food trucks will be on site for those who would like to purchase lunch after demonstrations end. 

QUESTIONS:  Petrus Langenhoven at 765-496-7955 or Lori Jolly-Brown at 765-494-1296

Visit the website listed above for description of demonstrations.

We are excited to announce that the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center Field Day is scheduled for    June 28, 2023, at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center (SWPAC), 4669 N. Purdue Rd. Vincennes, IN.

Purdue researchers and NRCS representatives will present their current research and demonstration projects in fruit and vegetable production conducted at SWPAC. The topics include a cover crop demonstration, high tunnel tomato cultivar evaluation, high tunnel tomato and cucumber disease and insect management, benefits of companion plants, strawberry production, irrigation management, weed management in organic sweet potato, soil health and pepper production, the effect of cover crops on pest and beneficial insects in watermelon production and more! Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from fruit and vegetable production experts.




4-H'ers, families, and volunteers: we need your input!  Click on the above link and complete this survey to tell us about your 4-H priorities & experience. Your answers will help us submit a strong

Lilly Endowment, Inc. funding proposal that has the potential to benefit every IN 4-H'er.



WHEN:  Sunday, July 9, 2023

WHERE: Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2666 US Hwy 50, Loogootee,  IN 

TIME:  6:00 pm

Bring your own lawn chairs



In this on demand webinar, hosted by Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Association (IFWOA), presenter LeAnne Barta of Indiana Lyme Connect shares strategies for preventing tick bites and discuss the ticks found in Indiana, their life stages, and symptoms of tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease. Visit this website to watch:


PURDUE DIGITAL AG SHOWCASE: Today’s Practical Applications and Tomorrow’s Innovative Solutions


This year’s Digital Ag Showcase is at the Beck Agricultural Center in West Lafayette, Ind. on Friday, July 14, and features a variety of speakers from across the Purdue College of Agriculture in both field demonstrations and classroom presentations. The event is free with pre-registration includes lunch! Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

New this year are sessions focused on livestock and specialty crops, as well as sessions specifically for high school educators. Learn about digital tools and technology available for use on farms today as well as exciting research projects focused on making agriculture even more data-driven in the future. One lucky participant will win a Tello mini drone just for attending (and filling out the post-event survey).

For a list of sessions and additional details about the Digital Ag Showcase, visit



GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE. Grant funding allows Indiana participants to complete the certificate for $50.00 compared to its regular price of $199.00.

To help entrepreneurs, freelancers and employees enhance their remote work skills, the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and Purdue Extension have partnered to offer the Remote Work Professional Certificate course. Grant funding allows Indiana participants to complete the certificate for $50 compared to its regular price of $199.

The Remote Work Professional Certificate course equips individuals with the skills needed to excel in a remote work environment. The course covers topics such as time management, communication, collaboration and strategies for staying focused and productive while working from home. Participants will learn about the latest tools and technologies that are essential for remote work success.

“Remote work is the future of work, and we are thrilled to offer this course to help individuals thrive in this new environment,” said Emily Del Real, PCRD engagement specialist. “With grant funding, we are able to make this course accessible, regardless of financial circumstances.”

The online certificate course consists of nine self-paced core modules and four interactive workshops. The modules will cover how to set up a virtual office and communicate professionally, as well as understanding task management and project tracking, the legal precautions of working online, problem solving, and remote professional development. Participants will need reliable access to broadband, a web camera and microphone, and basic computer proficiency. Program coaches will be available throughout the course to answer questions and guide participants through the modules. 

To register for the online course and take advantage of the grant funding program, visit and enter discount code RBDG_Grant22.

An information session will be held Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 11 a.m. ET. Register for this free session to learn more about the course at

About the Purdue Center for Regional Development

The Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) seeks to pioneer new ideas and strategies that contribute to regional collaboration, innovation and prosperity. Founded in 2005, the center partners with public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to identify and enhance the key drivers of innovation in regions across Indiana, the U.S. and beyond. These drivers include a vibrant and inclusive civic leadership, a commitment to collaboration and the application of advanced data support systems to promote sound decision-making and the pursuit of economic development investments that build on the competitive assets of regions. Learn more at

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In recent years, Purdue University’s Katy Rainey and Keith Cherkauer have worked to predict soybean biomass from drone imagery in Indiana.

“We’re now expanding that capability to all the public soybean breeding programs in the region,” said Rainey, professor of agronomy, who also directs the Purdue Soybean Center. Soon, she and Cherkauer will begin receiving drone imagery collected on a panel of 1,200 soybean varieties that breeders have planted in 11 states across the U.S. north-central region.

“Here at Purdue, we’ll do all the processing and modification of the images to predict biomass,” she said. The effort is part of the SOYGEN3 (Science Optimized Yield Gains across ENvironments) project. Consisting of eight universities, including Purdue, SOYGEN3 has more than $900,000 in funding from the North Central Soybean Research Program.

“The overarching goal in this experiment is to develop methods and models for selecting soybeans that will be high yielding in future extreme environments under climate-change scenarios,” Rainey said. “We know that the future environments we’re going to grow soybean in are different from the ones we have now because climate is changing. We’re getting more extreme weather, as well, from climate change.”

The project exploits software, called Plot Phenix, which rapidly converts aerial crop photographs into useful information for plant breeding, crop modeling and precision agriculture. Rainey and Cherkauer, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and Purdue PhD alumnus Anthony Hearst, CEO of Progeny Drone Inc., patented Plot Phenix in 2022.

“I’m interested in water use, the effects of environments, and the ability to measure and simulate soybean across large areas,” said Cherkauer, who also directs the Indiana Water Resources Research Center. “Having locations that are farther apart increases the likelihood that we will have a range of environmental conditions.”

Minnesota soybean breeders and farmers plant different genetic stock than those in Indiana, for example, which requires more heat-resistant varieties. But even areas that share the same annual average precipitation could experience dramatically different years.

“We could have drought here in Indiana, and eastern Kansas could be having a normal year. Having access to so many locations that could be experiencing average weather conditions and drier conditions allows us to stretch the image analysis and the models we’re building beyond what we do right now,” Cherkauer said.

Eastern Kansas gets about the same precipitation as Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. But western Kansas receives about half as much precipitation. It resembles central-western Nebraska, the Dakotas and western Minnesota in that regard.

“Indiana is almost entirely rain-fed except for seed production and production in the sandy soils. Illinois is going to be similar. As you get into Iowa, they’re starting to see a bit more irrigation,” Cherkauer said.

Cherkauer is a co-founder of GRYFN, a Purdue-affiliated company that has provided a new drone for the project with funding from the departments of Agronomy and Agricultural and Biological Engineering and the College of Agriculture. Calibration flights for the new platform have already begun at Purdue’s Agronomy Center for Research and Education, a 1,600-acre farm facility located seven miles northwest of campus.

The SOYGEN3 collaboration will fly drones that collect imagery in red, green and blue (RGB, or true color, the type captured by regular cameras).

“SOYGEN3 is about starting with relatively inexpensive cameras and hardware systems at a variety of locations,” Cherkauer said. But the Purdue drone also will carry multispectral and thermal cameras, yielding better data sets that could lead to recommendations for their SOYGEN3 partners.

Such data could help the U.S. maintain its position as the world’s leading soybean producer. Revenues in 2022 topped $66 billion. This includes more than $34 billion in exports, according to the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

“It’s a unique crop because it is very important to future protein food security,” said Rainey, who was featured prominently in the latest cover story of Seed World magazine. Yet soybean uses are mostly industrial, meaning that people consume only a small percentage of its production.

“You might occasionally eat a traditional soy food like tofu or edamame. But for the most part, 95% of soybeans globally are fed to chickens and pigs and are the basis of that food chain,” Rainey said. 

To maintain soybean’s burgeoning production, researchers will need a more finessed understanding of how weather and climate affect yield in a range of environments involving genetic variation. Breeders would then be able to select soybean varieties more strategically.

“The genetic variation is key because the most obvious way that breeders or breeding organizations in the private sector would use the data that we produce would be in what’s known as genomic prediction,” Rainey explained.

Given enough data over the entire soybean genome, genomic prediction allows breeders to create a statistical model that predicts yield for 10,000 untested lines.

“But the genomic prediction models need to be calibrated to environments and have more information in them than what’s currently in there,” Rainey said. Also needed is a model that includes biomass predictions. Such models are based on drone imagery and genetics. 

“In my lab, we work on combining that information. We’re just about the only ones to do that across the public and the private sector in soybean,” she said.





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